EDISON, NJ —At Cabinets & Closets Expo 2013, Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2013 at the New Jersey Convention Center, Stiles will present its traditional Stiles Shop Solutions line of classic woodshop equipment, including its Ironwood line of jointers, shapers, rip saws and cut off saws. Under its Stiles Machinery brand it will present solutions in production, service, machine-specific education, and support services such as integrated dust collection and energy efficiency.

"We will be emphasizing practical solutions," says Steve Waltman, Stiles Machinery VP sales and marketing. "And we will be communicating Stiles ability to provide support. Stiles is there for your business, in whatever area you need support," Waltman says.

 Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo
Exhibitor Name/Booth

Atlantic Hardware Corp. 408

Atlantic Plywood 222

Better Vacuum Cups, Inc. 224

Cabinet Vision, Inc. 114

Canary Closets & Cabinetry 217

Capella Hardware Company 602

CCF Industries 325

Closets & Cabinetry by Closet City  118

Colonial Saw Company 322

DC Distributing 225

Doug Mockett & Company, Inc. 103

Drawer Connection, Inc. 102

EdgeCo Inc. 309

Elias Woodwork 209

Eveready Hardware 109

Excalibur Sports Industries, Inc. 313

Global Product Sourcing, LLC 219

HandiSolutions 123

JB Cutting Inc. 211


Kitchen Magic

Microvellum 218

Northern Contours 119

Organizers Direct 101

Osborne Wood Products 215

Plus Closets 213

Promob Software Solutions 223

Quinko-Tek International 122

Rev-A-Shelf Inc. 115

Selby Furniture Hardware Co., Inc. 221

Senoplast Klepsch & Co. GmbH 308

Sidelines, Inc. 100

Stiles Shop Solutions/Stiles Machinery 128

Cabinets & Closets
Conference & Expo Site

The next generation event for manufacturers, specifiers and suppliers to the allied cabinet and closet industries takes place February 27-March 1, 2013, at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison.

Attendees from closet manufacturers and custom cabinet shops will be looking for ways to improve efficiency with affordable solutions. Waltman says equipment buyers who calculate carefully will find buying new is less expensive, though woodshops are misled by looking only at the lower pricetag for used equipment.

"A company is required to pay cash for used machinery," says Waltman. "They also had to accept that any additional repairs or parts of the used machines was their responsibility, also paid with cash. Any training would also have to be paid for with cash."

Working with a trusted distributor or dealer for new machinery allows the purchase to be financed - conserving cash, Waltman notes. "More start-up businesses fail for lack of cash rather than business," notes Waltman. 

"At the end of their loan term, they own the equipment. Start up is simpler and much more predictable."

The Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo will feature a pair of conferences – one dedicated to custom cabinet professionals and the other to storage professionals involved in the design, manufacture and installation of closets, garages and other home organization systems. The conference sets the stage for the expanded Cabinets & Closets Expo, a two-day exhibition of supplies, software, machinery and services.

 Given the intense rebuilding efforts going on in the Northeast following Superstorm Sandy, the opportunity to find new sources and styles of equipment and supplies for home storage and cabinetry will be critical to businesses involved in the rebuilding and restoring of home interiors.

 The Cabinets & Closets Conference kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the Sheraton Edison Hotel Raritan Center, the headquarters hotel for the new event.

Robert Reiss, host of the CEO Show with Robert Reiss, will deliver the opening keynote speech as part of a general session open to delegates of both the Cabinets and Closets Conferences. The general session will also feature highlights of a new Vance Research project focused on custom cabinet and closet business and design trends.

The Cabinets Conference, co-sponsored by the Cabinet Makers Association (CMA) and Custom Woodworking Business, will include a full slate of presentations geared to helping custom cabinetmakers improve efficiencies and generate more sales. Each session will be presented by a CMA member; attendees will be eligible to earn CEUs toward the CMA’s Professional Certification Program. Preliminary topics include:

• Pricing/Estimating

• Moving from Residential to Commercial Projects

• Automating Manufacturing

• Working with Designers/Architects

• Sales/Marketing

The Closets Conference is co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals (ACSP) and Closets magazine. The power-packed line up will include harnessing the power of digital marketing and social media to engage current and potential customers, building a winning team and growing sales.

“The digital world is the new frontier,” said Dave Skinner, ACSP president. “Our goal is to demystify it, show you how it is important to your business, give you the knowledge that you need to know and finally show you what to do next.”

Skinner added that the 2013 Closets Conference program is being developed based on feedback from a survey of ACSP members. The survey indicated that human resource issues, including recruiting, developing and retaining “great” employees, is an ongoing top priority faced by most professional storage businesses.

A third key topic of the 2013 Closets Conference is sales, which Skinner noted “is the life blood of every business. We all want to know what forms of marketing works and even more, what doesn’t.”

The Cabinets & Closets Conference will be capped by the always-popular Industry Networking Reception. The reception will also feature presentations of the 7th annual Closets Top Shelf Awards, 20th annual CWB Design Portfolio Awards and the ACSP’s Pioneer Award.

Expanded Expo, Feb. 28-March 1
The decision to integrate custom cabinets and closets into a single event, plus hold it in New Jersey, an area with a high concentration of industry professionals, has sparked a big increase in interest among industry suppliers seeking information about exhibiting. The interest level and demand has been so great, that Vance Publishing Corp., organizer of the event, recently secured additional exhibition space at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison.

The Cabinets & Closets Expo will feature displays by leading manufacturers and distributors of woodworking machinery, CAD/CAM software, decorative and functional hardware, board products, components and accessories used to make and add value to closets, cabinets, garage and other storage systems.

The Cabinets & Closets Expo will also include continuous free educational presentations and demonstrations at a convention center stage.

Need More Info?
An all new CabinetsandClosetsExpo.com website has been developed to provide secure online registration and regular event updates. For information on exhibiting, contact Matt Powell of Hall-Erickson Inc. at (866) 730-6789 or (630) 434-7779; email CabinetsandCl[email protected].

For more information on attending the conference and the show, please go to www.cabinetsandclosetsexpo.com  

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.